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  • Gillispie headed to trial, maybe

    With what amounts to a sentencing offer still on the table from the county attorney, Billy Gillispie’s attorney inched the former UK basketball coach closer to a trial when he appeared Monday morning in Anderson District Court.

    County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis and Gillispie’s attorney Bill Patrick agreed on a second pretrial conference date for Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m., and for a trial to be held Feb. 10-11 in District Court.

  • Price tag for new Early Childhood Center: $6.3 million

    The Anderson County Board of Education took the first step last week toward building a new Early Childhood Center — but don’t expect any ground to be broken for at least a couple years.

    At a special meeting Sept. 28, the board approved a BG-1, which is a project application form the district submits to the Kentucky Department of Education.

    However, district officials don’t expect to be able to start on the project for two to three years, said Superintendent Kim Shaw.

  • Check here for veterans' photos

    On Veterans Day, the Anderson News will publish a special section saluting the local men and women who have served our country in the armed forces.

    We are accepting new photos for the section, but if you have submitted a photo for our Hometown Heroes section in the past, you do not need to resubmit it. Photos that have been published in previous editions automatically will be included this year.

    To view the most recent Hometown Heroes section, published in 2005, click below:

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Aug. 3.

    Shana L. Bowman, hearing, license to be in possession, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance -- bonded out.

    Bradley D. Comp, arraignment, third-degree terroristic threatening -- continued first appearance Aug. 27.

    Bryan E. Duke, motion to revoke probation, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security -- motion granted, to serve five days.

  • Prosecutor: Gillispie's 'charge will not be amended down'

    Former University of Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie will have to plead guilty to driving under the influence or go to trial, according to a statement released last week by Anderson County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis.

  • Cornish announces run for re-election in 2010

    Anderson County Judge-Executive Steve Cornish filed a letter of intent to seek re-election in 2010, he announced last week.

    Cornish said he sent in his letter of intent on Aug. 31. Filing the letter means Cornish is allowed to start raising funds for his campaign.

    As it currently stands, Cornish will square off against current Magistrate John Wayne Conway in the democratic primary election. Donna Drury has also filed to run for the office as an independent.

    Cornish said he always planned on running for election.

  • Tuesday hearing scheduled for ex-youth pastor

    The ex-youth pastor accused of raping and sodomizing two teenagers in 1992 is scheduled to appear in Anderson County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

    Gordon Lunceford, 46, is on Tuesday’s docket for a status hearing at 9 a.m.

    Lunceford faces 13 counts of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse of two children, one under 16 and the other under 14 at the time.

    At least one of the alleged victims came forward last summer and Kentucky State Police launched an investigation in August.

  • 'Making it happen'

    Over the years, when John Pitts drove past the Lawrenceburg campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College, he thought to himself, “If I get a chance to go to college, that’s where I want to go.”

    Pitts, 44, started his first full year at the college this fall, but he didn’t quite think it would happen this way.

    He worked for four years at Topy America in Frankfort making aluminum wheels, but two years ago, the company decided to stop producing its aluminum line, and with that decision went over 200 jobs.

  • Man charged with stealing guns, vehicles, running cops off road

  • White crowned Miss ACHS

    After making sure the correct contestant number had been called, Allie White danced her way to being crowned the second ever Miss ACHS.

    When the final results were announced Sunday night, White’s name was called, but with the wrong contestant number. When the emcee called the correct number, White did a little dance — as she promised her family and friends — then accepted the crown and the title.